Monday, June 24, 2013

Turtle Bay Exploration Park

Our first day of summer vacation had us driving up to Redding, California.

After spending most of the day in the car, we were ready to get out and stretch our legs at Turtle Bay Exploration Park.

We started out in the museum, and when inquiring about ticket prices, I asked if they had a military discount.  Turns out they are a Blue Star Museum and offer free admission to military families through Labor Day (active duty service member must be present).

The kids loved the museum – especially the science area.

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After spending some time in the museum, we made our way outside to let the kids play around in Paul Bunyan’s Forest Camp (where I failed to snap any pictures).

The kids went back and forth on whether or not they wanted to go in the parrot playhouse to meet the lorikeets.  They finally decided that they wanted to go in, and Trenton even decided that he wanted to feed them.

He loved it!

Turtle Bay Exploration Park 

He didn’t even mind one bird landing on his head.

Turtle Bay Exploration Park

And then a bird decided to perch itself on the back of Trenton’s neck.

He didn’t like that so much, and that was the end of feeding the birds.

Turtle Bay Exploration Park

Daddy made a few new friends though!

Turtle Bay Exploration Park

Before leaving the park, we wanted to check out Sundial Bridge.

Sundial Bridge

The bridge is beautiful, but once we were on it, boy could we feel the heat (this Texas girl is no longer used to heat thanks to mild Monterey).  And I could feel the bridge moving too.  So, Mommy and Charlotte let the men in the family walk the whole bridge while we waited at the halfway point.

Sundial Bridge

After dinner and Game 7 of the NBA Finals, we called it a night.  We wanted to be up bright and early to get started on the next leg of our vacation!


Did you miss any of our vacation posts?  You can catch up here:
Lassen Volcanic National Park & Drakesbad Guest Ranch
Lava Beds National Monuement
Wildlife Safari – Winston, OR & Prehistoric Gardens – Port Orford, OR
Big Trees & Big Wine – Northern California


Ashley said...

Wow -- that museum looks like it has a lot of fun activities for the whole family! Glad you enjoyed your time!

Jen said...

What a fun place! I love Redding, it's beautiful there.

Mrs.B said...

T is braver than me! I would not go near those birds. haha

Shannon said...

That place looks so cool! I wish we had something like that near us!